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working to fix the problem. good morning. good morning. we're here in the 1200 block of north capital street. you can barely see that building because it's pitch black, they have no electricity. but all of the people who live there are still inside of the apartment building. so this is what the city is doing. they have a cooling center. it's a metro bus. they have the air conditioning running there for residents who are interested, they can come get on the bus and cool off. we're told by dc fire and ems they had 15 people on the bus earlier. they had to transport one person to the hospital, one other person had to be evaluated for heat-related illnesses. if you take a look down the street, that's where dc fire and ems are set up outside of this apartment building in the 1200 block of north capital. they also have the same setup at 901 new jersey avenue and another setup similar to this at 11:40 north capital. all of these units are standing by trying to assist people in
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case they have some issues. let me show you what it looks like here yesterday, t erk pco crews are working around the clock to restore electricity to folks who are in this community and around this area. all of the businesses here lost power as well as some of the apartment complexes as well. folks are trying to cool off in the record-breaking heat that we've been dealing with. but the folks here at dc fire and ems tell me one of the things that makes the difference is the rain that we got yesterday evening to help to cool the temperatures off. they're telling them they are comfortable right now because they're just not as bad as it feels. they are systematically going door-to-door knocking on the doors of residents to make sure they're okay. providing water if they need it. making sure no one needs to go to the hospital. they're inside the buildings for the air conditioning. we're hoping that tepco will take this stuff by at least
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noon. for all we know right now, that seems to be the plan. tracee wilkins live with you this morning. metro riders, you have to hike up the steps for the next few weeks. one out of every five escalators is out of service this morning. 131 out of 588 escalators are under repair. metro says it will take a few days to make all of those repairs. last week, the agency fixed 21 escalators when it shut down four stations for track work. >> no fun hiking up when it's hot outside. a little bit of relief. >> quite a bit of relief. the humidity is down. the humidity in a big way. what brought this relief is the fact that the cold front came through the area. some got storms, some didn't. we're not going to have extreme weather. not talking about any thunderstorms or heat advisories either. the heat wave over. check in on the temperatures, 76
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degrees at reagan national airport. the dew point temperatures, 52 degrees. any time you can get that number out of 60, it's comfortable. a west wind at 5 miles per hour. 76, good morning to you folks in clinton, maryland, 75 as is burke, virginia right now. 75 degrees. laytonsville, maryland up to the north at 73 degrees. a few clouds around the area. the front, again, continuing to push eastward. as it does so, we'll get more sunshine by noontime. 84, topping out at 86 with a breezy day. now a look at traffic. there was a lot of road work on the beltway in virginia overnight. they were working on the outer loop near 66 blocking the beltway. you had to go out on 66 and back to the street working on the inner loop near tyson's corner. it should be out of the way in the next three minutes.
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over to springfield, to maryland, that is, 270 southbound 109, we see those delays early. right now, it's looking good as you make your way down 270. back to you. >> all right, thank you. new from overnight, privilige privilige is investigating a serious shooting incident. after midnight, police responded to a call at east capital street and crown street. a van veered off a road and hit a tree. it had bullet holes in it when it crashed. police are not rehe'sing any more information. we will continue to bring you updates as they become available. also tonight, police are investigating a fatal stabbing in northeast washington. it happened in the 700 block of 24th street at 1:30 near springham senior high school. a man in his 30s was stabbed once in the chest and pronounced dead at a local hospital. 4:34 is the time. the resident of a gaithersburg
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neighborhood are scared this morning as police remain quiet surrounding the circumstances of a 12-year-old girl's death. she was found in the basement of a townhouse on tuesday night. jackie benson has the latest on what the police are saying about the investigation. the townhouse in gaithersburg remains sealed off. crime scene investigators continue to come and go. it indicates that detectives believe that she holds the secrets to who murdered her. the body was found in the basement of the house. in the ensuing 24 hours, no warnings to the public, no plea to be on the lookout for suspicious persons. they did take into evidence a vehicle of someone who spends a lot of time in the home. jessica lives here with members of the extended family, some of whom are home when the girl's body was discovered.
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are people in danger? the answer? >> we're looking at every possibility. the investigation is very active at this time. >> jessica, a shy and very quiet girl never mentioned she feared anyone who live in the home. throughout the day, her friends from gaithersburg middle school placed flowers. >> me and her, we would share everything together. like pretty much everything. >> police have removed some items of potential evidence from the home. but they have not provided details. jackie benson, news 4 today. >> it could be next march until dc police can use breathalyzers to nab drunk drivers. the breath test program needs to be overhauled and that could take ten months. police and prosecutors will have to use urine samples and roadside sobriety testing since then. they've been without testing since last year when a contractor discovered the
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machines had been miscalibrated and overstated the pret loser results in hundreds of cases. local, state, and federal officials will come up with a plan of the cost of extending metro to dulless. the u.s. transportation secretary raila hood to resolve a dispute over the project. the metropolitan airport's authority wants to build an underground metro station at dulless. authorities say the underground station will be too expensive. they want it above ground. the two sides failed to reach an agreement on what to do about the dulles station but they will work together to come up with a financing plan within throw 30 days. the dow will open today hoping to make up some ground after the single day losses of 2011 so far. the dow dropped 279 points, a 2.2% fall and that's the biggest fall in the year. nasdaq didn't fare any better. overall, 2011 has been good to
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the markets as the dow gained 700 points so far this year. 4:37 is the time. 80 degrees in the nation's capit capital. a no is now a maybe. the high-profile candidate could end up in the race for president. for years, the food pyramid is the traditional standard. it's being tossed out. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with amazing innovation, driven by relentless competition,
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f-o-l-i-l-o-q-u-y. soliloquy? more than 3 dozen of the top spellers are still alive in the scripps national spelling bee. 41 kids remain in the competition in national harbor. they'll compete in the semifinals this morning. the finals will be held tonight. the winners will receive $40,000 in cash and prizes. good luck. >> it's so impressive, it's scary. >> i know, getting up there in front of a big aud yep? >> i know. >> grace under fire. >> they'd say those words to me and i eat pass out.
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take a look at our forecast. hey, veronica. >> drier air in our future. cooler air today. it's 76 at reagan national. oxon hill, 75. springfield too at 75. 70 in potomac. look at culpepper, 64, 63 in la plata. so cooling down in many locations. going to get to a high temperature today, just 86 degrees, down from yesterday's record high of 98. 86 today by noontime we should be at 84 degrees. clouds out there right now. we're going to see the clouds move out of here, high pressure moves in. by 5:00 p.m. 83 for a temperature. the other thing today is you're going to notice the wind picking up. it will be gusty today. winds out of the west/northwest at 30 mile-per-hours. 7:00 p.m., 78 degrees, folks,
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it's been almost two weeks since we've had temperatures in the 50s. that's what we're going to be in the overnight period and by tomorrow morning. quite refreshing and a big change head ed our way. let's go ahead and get a look at traffic now. let's start with a look at 109 and 270 where traffic moves smoothly. southbound, 270, a live look as you pass the exit for 109. all the way to the beltway. good shape there. over to springfield, everything is open. they were clearing the construction. southbound, they were getting away from us. that's out of the way. northbound moving well right now all the way up from the occoquan and springfield on to 395 up to the 419 bridge. over to the area, the dulles airport, 28, very light volume of traffic. starting off well. no major accidents or incidents around the area right now. good start as the road work clears away and the lanes are open maryland and the district. back to you. 4:43.
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81 degrees out there. still to come, why an election in south america could cause a traffic jam around here. >> tear down the food pyramid. what will replace the standard for nutritional guidelines. the twitter photo flap gets worse. worse. canñq [ horns honking ]
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shut down on may 28, but it was given ten extra days to appeal that decision and the accident happened then on tuesday. the u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood says the department
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casey anthony is charged with first degree murder. if convicted, she could face the death penalty. >> this morning, the centers for disease control is keeping a close eye on one of the worst
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outbreaks of e. coli. two people in the u.s. have been affected and boat of them travelled to the country. this strain of bacteria are extremely rare and deadly. many are suffering from kidney failures, seizures, and neurological symptoms. german health officials at first blamed cucumbers but say that's wrong. they're still warning people about eating raw cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes, the outbreak started three weeks ago. congressman anthony weaner is not revealing as much on the picture of his twitter account as the man in the picture is revealing about himself. he denies sending a photo of a man waist down in his underwear but he's not denying he's the man in the picture. weiner insists someone hacked into his account. he told rachel maddow that he's trying to put the whole
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controversy behind him. >> i don't believe this is a big national emergency that demands international investigations, but i think it was basically a prapg. and until i know otherwise, that's going to be the case. >> he claims that someone hacked into his facebook account as well. he's handled a private security firm to investigate the matter. decision 2012. mitt romney will kick off his campaign for the republican nomination. he's expected to make the announcement at a chili cookout in new hampshire. he ran for president in 2008 but lost the nomination to senator john mccain. former arkansas governor mike huckabee is sending mixed signals. he says he's keeping all of his options open and has not ruled out joining the ticket as vice president. huckabee announced on his cable tv show he will not run for the republican presidential nomination. former presidential nominee sarah palin has not said she
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will run for the republican nomination in 2012 but she did say she will continue her campaign style bus tour to the west coast she'll finish up the east coast tour soon and head home to alaska. palin's political action committee is paying for this trip. the end of an era. a tool that's supposed to teach us how to eat healthily is becoming something of history. >> the iconic food pyramid is being replaced. the current pyramid is replaced in 2005. it named six pyramids instead of four. the new food group won't be one at all. it will be a plate. one half vegetables or fruit. one quarter protein, one quarter grains, and a small side of dairy. doubletree hotel is celebrating the anniversary by giving the guests a warm chocolate chip cookie at check in. the cookie caravan will be at
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union station handing out free cookies. you'll find this on the food pyramid. while supplies last. you'll have to get there early. the giveaway begins at 10:00. >> it's as come if and warm as the chocolate chip cookie. >> i like the little perks that you get along the way when you don't expect them. >> right. like this lower humidity. >> a lot of folks were looking forward to this. finally after days of yucky weather, yummy weather is coming up now. the next few will get a chan to turn the ac off and take a deep breath. that's been hard to do with such poor air quality the last couple of days. west wind at 5 mile-per-hours. the dew point is at 53 degrees. you'll see why that's important in a moment. we don't have any rain to report.
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charles county, fauquier county. around the district in prince george's county, quite a bit of hail was reported yesterday. no rain. quite a bit of a chance on saturday. in the next few days, going to show you a dry pattern. the wind speeds, martinsburg, west virginia right now, 20 mile-per-hours. the current wind speed. the winds will be picking up later today. breezy to gusty later on. our temperature is in the 70s but upper 60s down to the south. la plata, maryland at 63 degrees. dew point temperature is at 50 degrees. any time you get that number below 60, it's comfortable. very humid around here, a change you're going to like. it's going to stick around. sunshine today. high pressure is moving in for today. 87 degrees for the evening. very nice. we'll have sunshine and
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beautiful weather coming up for friday and at least saturday, steve? >> traffic is moving very smoothly, inner loop, outer loop, maryland and virginia, no problems there. so far, so good. most of the work out of the way. we're moving smoothly in both directions. here we are at springfield. the road is visible and the camera southbound gone completely. everything is moving southbound. and, of course, northbound headed towards us where most of the commute is right now. everything is open and we'll have at speed all the way up from the quantico air base up to the occoquan up to springfield and up to the 395 street bridge. back to you. thank you so much. consumer alert. toyota recalled thousands of prius vehicles because of a steering problem. the steering gearbox of the car
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can loosen making it difficult for drivers to make left turns. it affects 52,000 prius sold in the u.s. in 2001 and 2003. one accident related to the problem was reported in the u.s. letters will be sent to the car owners next month. toyota dealers will fix it for free. charlie sheen and his ex-wife brooke muller have reached a custody agreement. it calls for joint, legal, and physical custody of their twins, bob and max. according to tmz, muller will get more time with them. she may challenge the agreement with denise richards. he pays both richards and muller $55,000 a month in child support. why an election in another country could create a big traffic mess in our area. also, another hack job who's being blamed for breaking in to u.s. e-mail accounts. >> next, a literal die monday in
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some people get a t-shirt as the souvenir of their vacation. torii smith got something a little more valuable, this die monday. the iowa man and his wife found a 2 carat diamond at the craters
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of diamond state park in arkansas over the memorial day weekend. why do we not have state parks like that around here. they named the diamond jamie's heart. this is impressive? the fourth largest diamond found this year at that state park. >> we've got to go. >> oh planning my next vacation right now. >> got to talk to the state park planning department in our state to start putting some diamonds around the state park for people to find. >> seriously. >> there you go. my goodness. cyberattack, computer hackers in china broke into g mail accounts of senior officials in the u.s. and hundreds of others. google says all victims have been notified and their accounts have been secured. google believes chinese hackers tricked people in to sharing their pass word in so-called phishing scams. >> driving coulde

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